NAB Court resumes hearing Avenfield case against Nawaz, family

Nawaz, Maryam and Safdar’s parole to end today

ISLAMABAD: The accountability court conducting corrupt proceedings against former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family will resume hearing the Avenfield properties reference today.
The case, based on a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on the Supreme Court’s directions, pertains to the Sharif family’s London apartments.
Wajid Zia, head of the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family assets last year, will be cross-examined by Nawaz’s counsel Khawaja Haris.
He was also cross-examined at the last hearing on Thursday after having recorded his statement earlier over several weeks.
Nawaz, daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar are expected to appear for today’s hearing.
The trial against the Sharif family had commenced on September 14, 2017.
The corruption references, filed against the Sharif family, pertain to the Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Hill Metal Establishment, offshore companies including Flagship Investment Ltd, and Avenfield properties of London.
Nawaz and sons Hussain and Hasan are accused in all three references whereas his daughter Maryam and son-in-law MNA Capt (retd) Safdar are accused in the Avenfield reference only.
The two brothers, based abroad, have been absconding since the proceedings began last year and were declared proclaimed offenders by the court.

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